Two brothers, Avan Smart aged 61 and Avan Jerry aged 29, have been arraigned before an Oredo Magistrate Court for allegedly duping President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Rev. Felix Omobude, the sum of N3m.
The two brothers were arraigned on seven-count charges bothering on forgery, stealing and obtaining under false pretence.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police Prosecutor, ASP Patrick Agbonifo, informed the court that the suspects committed the offence on May 31st and June 24, 2019 at the headquarters of the New Covenant Church, Benin City.
ASP Agbonifo said the suspects presented themselves as contractors to the Edo State Government and bidded to construct road within the Light House Polytechnic, owned by Rev. Omobude.
Agonifo said the suspects presented forge documents of an unregistered company to Rev Omobude.
He said they collected the sum of N3m under false pretences.
The offences, according to Agbonifo, were punishable under sections 516, 390, 467 and 419 of the Criminal Code vol II laws of the defunct Bendel State now applicable to Edo State.
It was gathered that the brothers were arrested following a petition to the State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Abubakar.
Presiding Magistrate, I A Osayande granted the accused bail to the sum of N200,000 each and a surety in like sum.
Osayande adjourned the case to September 26, 2019.